AC/DC’s Brian Johnson puts his pedal to the metal16 April 2014
Back2Back Productions is working on an upcoming TV show for the Discovery Channel called Cars That Rock, featuring AC/DC frontman Brian Johnson as host.
Location sound engineer George ‘Aris’ Anastassopoulos is using digital hybrid wireless microphone technology from Lectrosonics to the capture the sound for the show.
Anastassopoulos’ location sound work has taken him to Germany, Spain, Italy, Brussels and the Greek islands for fourteen feature films, commercials, TV shows, and documentaries, with credits that include PBS’s The Cooking Odyssey and DOS, a feature film shot in Athens, Greece and Barcelona, Spain, which won the Best International Feature Film & Audience Award at the 2011 New York Independent Film Festival.
“Cars That Rock showcases Brian’s expertise on speciality cars and driving and also gives viewers a glimpse at his personal life when he’s not performing on stage, so there’s a wide range of shooting scenarios. For this project, I’ve been using Lectrosonics SMB single battery and SMDB dual battery transmitters as well as an HM plug-on transmitter,” comments Anastassopoulos.
“I’ve been working with Lectrosonics gear for about one year and I’ve become very fond of the equipment. The sound quality is excellent and nothing beats the rugged build quality. The transmitters’ Safety Combo Menu Locks offer protection from accidental menu selection and their backlit LCDs are a godsend during night shoots and in other low light conditions. I also love the fact that the HM plug-on transmitter is a great tool for wireless boom operation and for 48V phantom feeds.”
According to Anastassopoulos, issues such as frequency agility, signal reception, and other wireless challenges are minimised with Lectrosonics equipment. “Lectrosonics’ RF Scan and precise RF tuning steps add a great deal to RF agility and make the system very flexible and versatile in crowded RF environments. These features make the company’s equipment very well suited for use in the UK, which has the world’s most crammed PMSE RF block (Block 606).”
Rumours have been circulating online this week that AC/DC will be announcing its retirement after a 40-year career, in spite of the announcement of a 40th-anniversary tour earlier this year. The speculation about the band’s imminent split follows reports that Malcolm Young has allegedly fallen ill. The Australian rock act was formed by brothers Angus and Malcolm Young in Sydney in 1973 and the band’s Back in Black album has sold around 50 million copies worldwide.